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Western Wildlife District 



A Note About These Maps... 

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is pleased to present a 
set of inexpensive maps that will allow anyone to locate, explore and enjoy the 
MDFWs wildlife management areas. Enclosed are maps of every wildlife 
management area in the regional district exceeding 100 acres in size. The maps 
have been hole-punched so that they can be snapped into any standard looseleaf 
binder for easy reference and safekeeping; and so that as new maps are created 
or updated (or as original ones get worn out under field use) they can be added 
(or replaced) at little cost. We considered many different options with regard to 
color, amount of detail, cost and size during the publication planning stage, and 
finally settled on reproducing sections of U.S. Geological Survey maps in black 
and white as the most accurate and inexpensive option. We then added area 
boundaries, access points, parking areas and other relevant information. The 
scale of selected maps had to be reduced, resulting in some loss of detail, but we 
hope that topography, access roads, borders, boundaries and other pertinent 
information is reasonably clear. We encourage wildlife management area visitors 
and sportsmen to do their own exploring, and to add further detail to these maps 
as they see fit 

The original U.S.G.S. maps (and a state index sheet) on which these maps 
are based are available from: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia 22092. 
We highly recommend the U.S.G.S. maps for their superb clarity, accuracy and 
color, but in most cases they do not display the boundaries of wildlife 
management areas and related information of importance to the sportsman and 
casual visitor. 

Wildlife. Management Areas - encompassing some 58,000 acres at this 
writing - contain some of the finest examples of wildlife habitat in 
Massachusetts. Some are intensively managed with plantings, selective cuttings 
and annual stockings of game, while others are left virtually untouched. Some 
areas include the habitats of rare and endangered plants and animals. In ail cases, 
management areas are permanently protected parcels of wildlife habitat, 
preserved so that wildlife will always have a place to live in Massachusetts. 
Combined with other protected lands, both public and private, wildlife 
management areas offer the best hope we have that wildlife will continue to 
thrive as development continues to transform the remaining rural countryside 
into an urban/suburban environment. Large islands of protected wildlife habitat, 
connected by travel corridors of protected habitat, will be required if we are to 
maintain the species diversity and abundance of wildlife the Bay State's residents 
currently enjoy. 



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Although some portions of the MDFW's 79 named wildlife management 
areas are the result of gifts, donations and state bond money purchases, the 
majority have been acquired through license fees paid by sportsmen. Sportsmen 
continue to fund the expansion of existing wildlife management areas and the 
purchase of new ones through the Wildlands Conservation Stamp Program, 
instituted through the efforts of the state's organized sportsmen in 1991. This 
program requires all hunters, fishermen and trappers to put $5,00 toward land 
conservation each year they purchase a license (in addition to the standard license 
fees), and the program is currently generating nearly $1.2 million annually - 
solely for the purchase of wildlife habitat! Members of the public and business 
community are also encouraged to make donations to this fund, as wildlife 
management areas are open for all to enjoy, and the wildlife benefits everyone. 

All wildlife management areas are subject to certain regulations (see next 
page) and are open to hiking, fishing, hunting, birdwatching, trapping and 
jogging. Many are also open to horseback riding and biking, pro vided ,erosion 
caused by these activities do^ not present a problem. 

We hope that the publication of this booklet will encourage people to visit, 
use and enjoy the natural wonders found on the MDFWs wildlife management 
areas. Thanks is due to personnel in the District Field Offices, Realty Section, 
Information «& Education Section, and Wildlife Section of the Massachusetts 
Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, without whose efforts this publication would 
not have been possible. Special thanks goes to the sportsmen of Massachusetts, 
both past and present, whose farsightedness and untiring efforts on behalf of 
wildlife have - among many other benefits - resulted in the purchase and 
continual expansion of protected lands that will be forever preserved for wildlife. 



To Order More MAP BOOKLETS or INDIVIDUAL \UPS 

Write or Call: 

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife 

Field Headquarters, One Rabbit Hill Road, Westboro, MA 01581 

Tel. 508-792-7270 



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WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA REGULATIONS 



1. No person shall possess any alcoholic beverage except under permit or 
dump or disceird any can, bottle or rubbish. 

2. No person shall remove vegetation, soil or stones from any wildlife 
management area except under permit. 

3. No person shall use excessive speed in driving a vehicle. 

4. No person, unless under permit, shall drive or possess any vehicle except 
on roads or trails maintained for public traffic. 

5. No person shall deface or molest any sign, building or equipment. 

6. No person shall build or maintain a fire without written permission 
from the Director of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife or his 
designated agent. 

7. No person shall camp within any wildlife management area without 
written permission from the Director of the Division of Fisheries and 
Wildlife or his designated agent. 

8. No person shall engage in target practicing without written permission 
from the Director of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife or his 
designated agent. 

9. No person shall use any weapon other than shotgun or bow and arrow 
during the pheasant and quail season on areas stocked with pheasant 
or quail except for hunting raccoons between 9PM and SAM only. 

10. No person shall hunt on any wildlife management area where pheasant 
or quail are stocked, before sunrise or after sunset during the open 
season on pheasant or quail, Oct. 20 to Nov. 28, except for the hunting of 
raccoons between 9 PM and 3 AM. 

11. No person shall hunt during the pheasant or quail season on wildlife 
management areas where pheasant or quail are stocked without 
wearing a "hunter orange" cap or hat except while night hunting for 
raccoons or while hunting from a blind or boat. 

12. No person, except under permit, shadl dig or disturb any artifact or 
archaeological remains. 

13. The Director may make special regulations to handle special situations 
peculiar to any wildlife management area. Controlled hunts are in 
effect at certain times on Burns, Delaney and Ludlow WMA. Contact 
District Supervisor for details. 



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BECKET WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 



(Becket) 



SIZE: 



243 acres of rolling terrain with gentle slopes. Elevations 
range from roughly 1,620 feet to 1,730 feet 



VEGETATION: Fully forested with mixed softwood and hardwood stands. 



WATER: 



The only standing water is in the form of a beaver pond, 
which eventually drains into Shales Brook. 



WILDLIFE: 



SPECIAL 
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Deer, beaver, otter, raccoon, snowshoe hare, coyote, turkey, 
grouse, migratory waterfowl and numerous nongame species. 
This area is not stocked with pheasant. 

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CHALET WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 



(DaltonAVindsor) 



SIZE: 



1,826 acres of mostly south-facing, moderately steep slopes 
on the summit of Weston Mountain. Elevations range from 
1,580 feet to more than 2,230 feet on the summit of Weston 
Mountain. 



VEGETATION: Forest dominated by mixed northern hardwoods, with a few 
small conifer stands. 



WATER: 



Anthony Pond is the only standing water on the area. The only 
running water is Anthony Brook, fed by the pond, and a few 
seeps and intermittent streams. 



WILDLIFE: 



Deer, bear, snowshoe hare, coyote, turkey, gray squirrel and 
numerous nongame species associated with this type of 
forest habitat. This area is not stocked with pheasant. 



SPECIAL 
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None. 



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EUGENE D. MORAN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 



(Windsor) 



SIZE: 



1 , 147 acres with gentle to moderate slopes and many neaily 
level sections. Elevations range from 1,750 feet to over 
2,100 feet on the summit of Fobes Hill. 



VEGETATION: Hayfields, pastureland, marshes, spruce stands, low-bush 
blueberry and mixed hardwood/softwood forest The central 
portion of the area is open or semi-open and managed as 
pheasant habitat. 



WATER: 



WILDLIFE: 



Bordered along much of its length by alder swamps and 
shallow marshes, a segment of Windsor Brook runs through 
the center of the area. Portions of this flowage are 
occasionally impounded by beaver activity. 

Stocked pheasant, deer, bear, cottontail rabbit, snowshoe 
hare, aquatic furbearers, coyote, turkey and numerous 
nongame species. Research has documented 99 breeding bird 
species within this area. 



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Note that a "hunter orange" hat is required wear for hunters 
during the pheasant season. 



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FISK MEADOWS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 



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SIZE: 



429 acres of hillsides flanking a valley of shallow marshland 
Elevation ranges firom 1 , 1 10 feet to over 1 ,360 feet Slopes 
are gentle to moderate. 



VEGETATION: The lowland areas are shallow marsh bordered by alders. The 
upland slopes are forested with mixed northern hardwoods 
interspersed with mixed softwoods. 



WATER: 



WILDLIFE- 



The area is bisected north to south by the Dead Branch, which 
may support one or more beaver impoundments. 

Deer, aquatic fiirbearers, migratory waterfowl and numerous 
nongame species. This area is not stocked with pheasant. 



SPECIAL 
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A long, relatively narrow parcel of 204 acres that lies east to 
west between Route 43 and the New York state line. With the 
exception of a two-step, almost level plateau section, this is 
an area of steep, hillside slopes with elevations ranging from 
1,200 to 2,600 feet. 



VEGETATION: This is a heavily wooded area, dominated by mature trees. 
The forest composition is mixed northern softwoods and 
hardwoods. 



WATER: 



WILDLIFE: 



Two seasonally flowing brooks flow off the area into the 
West Branch of the Green River. 

I>eer, snowshoe hare, gray squirrel, raccoon, bear and 
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This area is not stocked with pheasant 



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(Hinsdale) 



Note: The Tracy Pond section of the Peru Wildlife Management Area is included on this 
map. The remainder of the Peru Wildlife Management Area, including a description of the 
Tracy Pond section, is presented on a separate map. 



SIZE: 



1 ,388 acres in three parcels along the East Branch of the 
Housatonic River. Most of the area is nearly level, river 
valley bottomland, although there are some moderate slopes 
in the southern comer. Elevations range from 1,420 feet to 
1,470 feet. 



VEGETATION: Most of the area is seasonally flooded bottomland dominated 
by grasses and shrubs. The upland areas are dominated by 
mixed stands of hardwoods and softwoods interspersed with 
some abandoned fields. 



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WATER: 



A large section of the East Branch of the Housatonic River, a 
stocked trout water, falls within or borders the area. 
Bilodeau Brook, Cady Brook and Bennet Brook - all tributaries 
of the Housatonic containing either native or stocked trout - 
also have sections which fall within the area's boundaries. 
There is also a small, artificial pond. 



WILDLIFE: 



Stocked pheasant, woodcock, grouse, waterfowl, raccoon, 
bear, snowshoe hare, aquatic furbearers and numerous 
nongame species. 



SPECIAL 
REGS: 



Note that a "hunter orange" hat is required wear for hunters 
during the pheasant season. 




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HIRAM H. FOX WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 



(Chester/Chesterfield/Huntington/Worthington) 



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Two large, connected parcels of rolling hills with some steep 
ledges and gullies totalling 2,553 acres. Elevation ranges 
from 700 to 1,200 feet. 



VEGETATION: Mixed hardwood and softwood forest with some scattered, 
recently established clearcuts 1 to 5.5 acres in size. 



WATER: 



A portion of Moss Meadow Brook and its headwaters are 
located in the western parcel. The Little River, a stocked 
trout water, borders and bisects the eastern parcel. 



WILDLIFE- 



Deer, grouse, raccoon, snowshoe hare, gray squirrel, bear and 
numerous nongame species associated with the forest habitat. 
Biodiversity is expected to increase due to the recently 
created openings in the forest. Pheasant are not stocked in 
this area. 



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HOP BROOK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 



(Lee/Tyringham) 



SIZE: 



415 acres of flat, valley bottomland. 



VEGETATION: Most of the habitat is seasonally-flooded meadowland with 
attendant alder and willow shrub swamps. The northwestern 
portion of the area supports a seasonally flooded wooded 
swamp along the Housatonic River floodplain. 



WATER: 



Segments of Hop Brook, the Mad River and the Housatonic 
River are located within the area. Hop Brook is a stocked 
trout water. 



WILDLIFE: 



Stocked pheasant, aquatic furbearers, raccoon, woodcock, 
waterfowl, deer, coyote and numerous nongame species. 



SPECIAL 
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(Chester) 



SIZE: 



An L-shaped parcel of 267 acres located on the slope of Round 
Top Hill. The southeastern boundary is located on Round Hill 
Road, while the northwestern boundary is on Walker Brook. 
Although there are some nearly level plateaus, most of the 
area is steeply sloping hillside. 



VEGETATION: Thickly wooded in mixed hardwood forest. 



WATER: 



The seasonally flowing Blair Brook bisects the southern end 
of the area. Walker Brook, located on the northern boundary of 
the area, is a stocked trout water. 



WILDLIFE: 



Deer, gray squirrel, raccoon, coyote and numerous nongame 
species associated with the forest habitat This area is not 
stocked with pheasant. 



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No entry is allowed into the abandoned mines on this property 
without a permit from the MDFW's Western Wildlife District 
Office. 



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(Huntington) 

Part of a flood control project, this 296-acre parcel of flat 
floodplain and steep valley walls is managed by the M.D.F.W. 
through a coope^tive lease agreement with the U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers. A dry bed reservoir on the Westfield 
River, it is located just south of the Hiram H. Fox Wildlife 
Management Area. 



VEGETATION: Grassy and brushy on the seasonally flooded plain. Portions of 
the land above the floodplain are forested in mature 
hardwoods and softwoods. 



WATER: 



WILDLIFE' 



A long section of the Westfield River, a short section of the 
Little River and portions of Florida Brook and other 

tributaries are located within the area. The UtUe River and 
the Westfield River are stocked trout waters. The area may 
be partially submerged by seasonal flood control activities. 

Stocked pheasant, woodcock, grouse, cottontail rabbit, gray 
squirrel, raccoon, deer and numerous nongame species. 



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during the pheasant season. Depending upon flood control 
activities, special rules and regulations of the U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers may be in effect on this area. 



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POWELL BROOK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 



(Cummington) 



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SIZE: 



196 acres of moderately steep, mostly northeast facing slope. 
Elevation ranges from 1,510 to 1,930 feet. 



VEGETATION: Most of the area is forested with a mixture of northern 
hardwoods and softwoods in various stages of maturity. 



WATER: 



Powell Brook, a cold water stream, forms much of the 
northern boundary of the area. 



WILDLIFE: 



Deer, turkey, raccoon, bear, coyote and numerous nongame 
species. This area is not stocked with pheasant. 



SPECIAL 
REGS: 



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SIZE: 



1 ,079 acres of rolling hilltops in two parcels with gentle to 
moderate slopes. Elevation ranges from 1,820 to 2,156 feet. 



VEGETATION: Primarily mixed northern hardwood forest interspersed with 
small, scattered conifer stands. 



WATER: 



There are some small, elevated, mostly wooded wetlands. 



WILDLIFE: Deer, turkey, grouse, bear, coyote, fox and numerous nongame 
species associated with the forest habitat Pheasant are not 
stocked on this area. 



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STAFFORD HILL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 

(CheshireAVindsor) 

Six parcels of mostly sloping hillside totalling 1^24 acres. 
Slopes vary from gentle to steep, but there are some nearly 
flat hilltop areas, as well as a parcel of river bottomland 
Elevation ranges from 950 to 1,930 feet. 



VEGETATION: Much of the area is old pastureland, now planted with rows or 
small stands of fruit-bearing shrubs. There is agricultural 
activity on portions of some parcels. A mixed northern 
hardwood and softwood forest covers much of the upland 
areas, but there are some steeply sloping fields on some 
parcels. 



WATER: 



The South Branch of the Hoosic River, a stocked trout water, 
borders the western parcel. McDonald Brook and other small, 
cold water streams are found in the southern portions of the 
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SPECIAL 
REGS: 



Stocked pheasant, cottontail rabbit, deer, waterfowl, 
woodcock, turkey, coyote and numerous nongame species. 

Note that a "hunter orange" hat is required wear for hunters 
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FOX DEN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 



(Worthington/Middlefield) 



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SIZE: 



Three parcels totalling 1,599 acres. Most of the area is in the 
form of steep to moderate, west-facing slopes rising from 
the east bank of the Middle Branch of the Westfield River. 
Elevations range from 800 to 1,500 feet. 



VEGETATION: This area is fully wooded, primarily in mature stands of 
mixed softwoods and hardwoods. Some of the hardwood 
stands have been cut in the recent past. 



WATER: 



The Middle Branch of the Westfield River forms much of the 
western boundary of the area, and it is a stocked trout water. 
Four small, tributary brooks flow off the hillsides into the 
river. 



WILDLIFE: 



Deer, raccoon, gray squirrel, snowshoe hare, bear, coyote, 
turkey and numerous nongame species associated with the 
forest habitat. This area is not stocked with pheasant. 



SPECIAL 
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HOUSATONIC VALLEY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 

(Pittsfield/Lenox/Lee) 

SIZE: This relatively narrow, elongated area is comprised of 

several parcels totalling 8 1 8 acres of flat, floodplain habitat 
Most portions of the area border or contain various segments 
of the Housatonic River, and elevation varies no more than 
approximately 50 feet 

VEGETATION: The area supports seasonally flooded wooded swamps, shrub 
swamps, deep open marshes and shallow open marshes. There 
are also a number of abandoned fields which are being invaded 
to various degrees by woody shrubs. 



WATER: 



The Housatonic River flows through the area from north to 
south. There are a number of oxbow ponds and backwaters, 
including Woods Pond at the southern end of the area There 
are also segments of several tributary streams, including 
Yokun Brook, a stocked trout water. 



WILDLIFE: 



Stocked pheasant, waterfowl, aquatic furbearers, woodcock, 
deer, and numerous nongame species associated with the 
lowland habitat 



SPECIAL 
REGS: 



Note that a "hunter orange" hat is required wear for hunters 
during the pheasant season. Anglers should note that, due to 
possible PCB contamination, a Public Health Advisory has 
been issued on the consumption of fish from this portion of 
the Housatonic River. 




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PERU WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 

(PeruAVindsor) 

Note: Due to the sprawling size of this management area, the Tracy Pond parcel appears 
on the Hinsdale Flats Wildlife Management Area map. 



SIZE: 



Five parcels of rolling, hilly terrain totalling 3,352 acres. 
Slopes are gentle to moderate and support a number of 
elevated swamplands and small streams. Elevation ranges 
from 1,540 to 2, 150 feet. 



VEGETATION: The area is fully wooded with poor grade northern hardwood 
and softwood stands. The forest habitat is interspersed with 
small shrub swamps, flooded meadows and some old beaver 
impoundments. 



WATER: 



Portions of Tracy Brook, Trout Brook and at least one other 
small stream are located within the area. Aside ftx)m a few 
small beaver impoundments, the only standing water is Tracy 
Pond (see the Hinsdale Flats Wildlife Management Area map). 
Trout Brook is a stocked trout water. 



WILDLIFE: 



Snowshoe hare, raccoon, fox, coyote, deer, bear, grouse, 
woodcock and numerous nongame species associated with the 
forest and swamp and stream habitats. This area is not 
stocked with pheasant. 



SPECL\L 
REGS: 



None. 



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